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Quarterfinals begin Thursday at worlds

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

Six Devils are through to the quarterfinals at the IIHF World Championship.

The United States punched its ticket to the quarters on Tuesday, gaining a point in its overtime loss to Slovakia to set up Thursday’s meeting with the Group A winners, the Czech Republic.

Here’s a look at how the Devils fared for John Hynes' U.S. squad (3-0-1-3, W-OTW-OTL-L) in the seven-game preliminary round:

David Warsofsky, D: 7 games, 2a, -1, 9 SOG

Miles Wood, F: 7 games, 1g, -1, 8 SOG

Steven Santini, D: 7 games, -2, 6 SOG

Keith Kinkaid, G: 3 games, 1-2, 2.98 GAA, 873 sv%, 62 saves/71 shots

Sweden (3-2-0-2) finished third in Group A and will face Canada (6-0-0-1) in the quarters. Adam Larsson led all Swedish defensemen with four points (1g-3a) in the preliminary round and was fourth overall on the club with 19 shots. Larsson, who’s making his worlds debut, is looking to lead Sweden to a sixth medal in its last eight trips to the tournament.

The host Russians (6-0-0-1) tied the Czechs with 18 points atop Group A and will face Germany (4-0-1-2). Sergey Kalinin posted two assists in seven games and was plus-4 with four shots on goal in the preliminaries. Russia has won gold (2012, 2014) or silver (2015) in three of the last four worlds. Germany's coaching staff includes Devils assistant Geoff Ward.

Devils’ prospect Artur Gavrus tallied two goals in seven games for Belarus (2-0-0-5). The 2012 sixth-round pick was one of just four multi-goal scorers for the Belarusians, who finished out of the running for the quarters. Gavrus, 22, currently skates in the KHL, where he posted 10 points (3g-7a) in 19 games with Dynamo Minsk last season. He’s spent the last three campaigns with Dynamo, totaling 23 points (9a-14a) in 85 games.

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